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Crisco Hand Cream
© Karon Adams at Sugar Plum Sundries
 4 oz crisco
2 oz beeswax
2 oz glycerine
2 T. liquid lecithin
4oz distilled water

Melt all ingredients together just until liquid Mix with a whisk until it begins to thicken well. Pour into a jar and allow to cool. Use as needed.

Crisco is just a blend of veggie oils and will make a nice hand cream if you can get past the idea of the shortening. Give this one a try.


Jasmine Lotion
 1/4 cup apricot kernel oil
1 tsp. beeswax
1 tsp. cocoa butter
1 tsp. coconut oil
1/4 cup distilled water
1 tsp. aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp. glycerin
5 drops jasmine fragrance oil

Melt the cocoa butter and then blend in the oils over low heat - allow to cool. Combine the water, aloe vera gel, and glycerin into a bowl. Slowly drizzle in a small amount of the oil mixture and beat with a wire whisk. Continue to drizzle and beat until all the oil is blended into the water. Stir in five drops of jasmine fragrance. Pour into a container.

Lotion for Dry Skin
 1/8 tsp. Borax
1/4 c. distilled water
1/2 c. Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 T. grated beeswax
1 tsp. scent
1/8 tsp. lecithin
1/2 c. Aloe Vera Gel

Mix water and borax and bring almost to boiling. In a separate pan mix oil and beeswax until wax is melted. Slowly add borax/water to oil/beeswax, stirring briskly with a small wire whisk or a hand blender. Add scent while whisking. Let cool to room temperature. Once cool, add the Aloe Vera gel and whisk to incorporate fully into the lotion. Pour into your bottle.

Mint Body Lotion
 1/2-cup mint water (see note below)
1/8 tsp. borax
1/2 c. sunflower oil
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. beeswax
3-4 drops peppermint oil (optional)

Mix together the mint water and the borax, stirring until well mixed. Set aside.

Mix together the sunflower oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a glass measuring cup. Place the cup with the oils--beeswax mixture in a pan of water (about 1 to 2 inches of water), making a water bath. Heat over medium heat until the beeswax is melted (8 to 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.

When the wax is melted, bring the mint solution almost to boiling (put the glass cup with the mint water/borax in the microwave on High for 1 minute, or use a water bath on the stove top).

Remove the oils-beeswax mixture from the water bath. Slowly add mint water/borax to the mixture in the blender and whip.

Allow the lotion to cool completely. The consistency may seem a bit thin, but it will thicken as it cools. The lotion will be pale green in color. You may add the peppermint oil now if you wish.

Pour the lotion into a clean container with a lid. To use, massage a small amount into your skin.

Note: Mint water is made by boiling fresh or dried mint leaves in water and then letting the mixture cool. Strain off the mint leaves. I use 1-cup fresh mint (1/4 cup dried mint leaves) to 1-cup water.


Peppermint Lotion
 2 oz. cocoa butter
5 oz. olive oil (cold pressed extra virgin)
1 oz. shea butter
1 tsp. beeswax
3-5 drops peppermint essential oil
2 oz peppermint tea
1 oz. aloe vera gel
1 T. liquid lecithin

Melt cocoa butter, olive oil, shea butter, and beeswax together. Mix the essential oil, scent aloe gel and lecithin together and wisk into the melted oils and wax. Continue to mix until cooled and then pour into containers. You may want to infuse the oil with herbs like calendula or chamomile. This recipe must be kept in the fridge.

Raspberry Oatmeal Hand Cream
 1/2 cup distilled water
1/8 tsp. borax
1/3 cup sweet almond oil
1 T. liquid lanolin
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 T. beeswax
15 drops raspberry fragrance oil
5 drops oatmeal, milk and honey fragrance oil

Combine water and borax in heavy pan over low heat; stir until borax dissolves. In separate saucepan, melt beeswax and add oils and lanolin, stirring until all well blended. Slowly (1 tsp at a time) add water/borax mixture into oil/wax mixture stirring constantly. Continue stirring until it forms a thick white cream and has cooled to room temp. Stir in fragrance oils, pour into jar and seal.

Silky Body Lotion
 1 cup aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon lanolin
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 to 3/4 ounce beeswax
3/4 cup almond oil
1 1/2 teaspoons essential oil

Use a blender (or food processor) to mix the aloe vera gel, lanolin, & vitamin E oil. Microwave coconut oil & beeswax in a glass container on high 30 seconds, and stir. Repeat heating in 10-second blocks until fully melted. Stir in almond oil, reheating if necessary. Run blender or processor at low to medium speed, then pour in melted oils in thin stream. As the oil is blended in, the cream will turn white and blender's motor will start to grind. As soon as melted oils are added and you've achieved mayonnaise-like consistency, stop the blender, add essential oil and pulse-blend. Do not over blend. Transfer cream to glass jars while still warm - the lotion will thicken quickly. This lotion really absorbs well and leaves no residue on skin. This recipe makes two cups.

Sweet Coconut Cream
 .1 oz. citric acid
.3 oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. glycerin
.4 oz. stearic acid
2 oz. coconut oil
.9 oz. water
scent (optional)

All measurements are by weight, not volume. Combine all ingredients in microwave safe container and heat until just melted. Wisk quickly until it turns white and then pour into containers. This makes approximately 8 1/2 fl. oz.

Gardner's Hand Cream
© Susan Hart [capless@earthlink.net]
 GROUP 1:
3/4 c. Sweet Almond Oil
1/3 C Coconut Butter
1 tsp Cocoa Butter
Vit. E (1200 IU)
1-1/4 tsp E-wax
3 T Stearic Acid
GROUP 2:
1/3 C Aloe Vera Gel
1/3 C Witch Hazel
1/3 C Distilled Water with just a pinch of Citric Acid dissolved in

Infuse 3/4 C Sweet Almond Oil with Chamomile--
remeasure and add more oil to bring to 3/4 cup.

1. Melt group 1 over low heat in a double boiler just till melting. Pour into glass measuring cup and cool to room temp. Add eo/Fo's now. Oils should become thick, creamy, semi solid, and cream colored.

2. Put Group 2 ingredients (room temp.) into a blender. Blend on high while slowly drizzling Group 1 ingredients into the blender.

3. When most of the Group 1 ingredients have been added listen to the blender, when it "coughs" and the cream looks thick turn off. DO NOT OVER BEAT.

4. If any liquid left hand beat it in.

5. Mixture will continue to thicken as it sets up.

You can extend the shelf life by refrigerating or use Germaban ll at 1%


Gardner's Hand Cream
© Susan Hart [capless@earthlink.net]
 GROUP 1:
3/4 c. Sweet Almond Oil
1/3 C Coconut Oil
1 tsp Cocoa Butter
Vit. E (1200 IU)
1-1/4 tsp E-wax
3 T Stearic Acid
GROUP 2:
1/3 C Aloe Vera Gel
1/3 C Witch Hazel
1/3 C Distilled Water with just a pinch of Citric Acid dissolved in

Infuse 3/4 C Sweet Almond Oil with Chamomile--
remeasure and add more oil to bring to 3/4 cup.

1. Melt group 1 over low heat in a double boiler just till melting. Pour into glass measuring cup and cool to room temp. Add eo/Fo's now. Oils should become thick, creamy, semi solid, and cream colored.

2. Put Group 2 ingredients (room temp.) into a blender. Blend on high while slowly drizzling Group 1 ingredients into the blender.

3. When most of the Group 1 ingredients have been added listen to the blender, when it "coughs" and the cream looks thick turn off. DO NOT OVER BEAT.

4. If any liquid left hand beat it in.

5. Mixture will continue to thicken as it sets up.

You can extend the shelf life by refrigerating or use Germaban ll at 1%


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